Mission Statement

PQIA’s mission is to serve the consumer of lubricants by testing and reporting on the quality and integrity of lubricants in the marketplace. 

It is expected that this improved visibility of quality will lead to wider conformance by lubricant manufacturers to specification and performance claims.

Featured Story

Read the Labels on Motor Oil Before You Buy

Know how to read the labels and what to look for on both the front and back labels of the motor oil you buy, or you may be using product that can cause unsatisfactory performance or damage to your engine. The following are some key items to look for on motor oil labels and to consider before buying. Responsible Party Whereas there are several important oil related words, numbers and symbols to look for when reading a motor oil label, the first is the party responsible for the product. The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA) and the Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulations requires each package of consumer commodities bear a label on which there is the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor. The label must include address, city, state and zip code. The street address may be omitted if it is listed in a

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Recent News

New API SP/ILSAC GF-6A Motor Oils

The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) is now starting to see motor oils with the new API SP/ILSAC GF-6A standard on store shelves. Test results for the first group PQIA recently purchased can be seen by clicking on the bottles below.

The first group tested include Castrol, Mobil 1, Pennzoil, Valvoline, and Super Tech. More to come.  

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The New API SP/ILSAC GF-6A Motor Oils are Now on Store Shelves

Although the new API SP/ILSAC GF-6A and GF-6B standards were approved for first licensing on May 1, 2020, motor oils with these standards have been hard to find on retail shelves. But it is not unusual for it to take several months from first allowable use date for new specifications to migrate into retail stores.

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Test Results: Driver One, Premier, Formula 300, and Simply Done

Recent Samples Tested: The results of the tests conducted on the Driver One, Premier, Formula 300, and Simply Done samples meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product labels, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories.  It is important to note, however, that although the labels on the

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Test Results: truenorth, CITGO, SHEETZ, and Simply Done

Revised: September 10, 2020 Recent Samples Tested: The results of the tests conducted on the truenorth Premium, CITGO SUPERGARD, SHEETZ Premium, and Simply Done samples meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product labels, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories. Product: truenorthViscosity Grade: SAE 10W-30Labeled: API SN/ILSAC GF-5Distributed By: Lyden Oil Company, Youngstown,

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Dave Klinger, President of PPC Lubricants Joins PQIA Advisory Board

METUCHEN, NJ, August 21, 2020/ – – PQIA Announced Today that Dave Klinger, President of PPC Lubricants has Joined the PQIA Advisory Board The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) is pleased to announce Dave Klinger as a new member on the PQIA Advisory Board. Mr. Klinger is the President of PPC Lubricants, a 4th-generation,

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Compliance – Properly Displaying Viscosity Grade

Viscosity is one of the most important properties of motor oil and generally the first piece of information a consumer looks for, beyond brand, when making a buying decision. For this reason, the viscosity grade is shown on the front label in plainly visible print. Further, many brands display it on the front label in

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Access to Safety Data Sheets

The Hazard Communication Standard “requires that the chemical manufacturer, distributor, or importer provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formerly Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS),  for each hazardous chemical to downstream users to communicate information on these hazards.” Whereas Safety Data Sheets for many lubricants are readily available from lubricant manufacturers and distributors, the Petroleum Quality Institute of

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A Look at Navi Guard, Peak, NAPA, and Gulf

Navi Guard Ultra Full Synthetic Motor Oil SAE 0W-20 API SN/ILSAC GF-5/dexos1 Gen2  The results of the tests conducted on this sample meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product label, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories. Read More> PEAK Full Synthetic Motor Oil SAE 5W-30

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PASSENGER CAR MOTOR OIL

PETROLEUM QUALITY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA SAMPLE SUMMARY/PASSENGER CAR MOTOR OIL Passenger car motor oil is the lifeblood of your engine. In addition to lubricating moving

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AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID

PETROLEUM QUALITY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA SAMPLE SUMMARY/AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID Automatic Transmission Fluids are carefully balanced to lubricate and protect your transmission while providing smooth and

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ANTIFREEZE & COOLANT

PETROLEUM QUALITY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA SAMPLE SUMMARY FOR ANTIFREEZE & COOLANT Antifreeze/coolant is critical for protecting engines. The primary function of the fluid is keep

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